President Trump on Tuesday referred to the pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford as “Horseface” in a Twitter post, as he gloated about a recent court ruling in his favor.
In his tweet, Mr. Trump was referring to a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a defamation suit filed by Ms. Clifford, who is known professionally as Stormy Daniels. The judge also ordered Ms. Clifford to pay the president’s related legal fees.
The president’s use of the term “horseface” was jarring, even though he has previously used similar disparaging language to describe women who challenge him. But it could also prove problematic for Republicans facing female opponents in the upcoming midterm elections, now just weeks away.
Ms. Clifford had claimed that the president defamed her last spring and attacked her credibility.
The defamation suit is separate from Ms. Clifford’s efforts to nullify a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 election, when she accepted a $130,000 payment and agreed to keep quiet about the affair she said she had with Mr. Trump in 2006.